The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Florence
There’s plenty to experience this summer at the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance when you stay at Hotel Savoy, located on the magnificent Piazza della Repubblica in Florence. Wander around the enchanting Boboli Gardens, taste exquisite wines at the Antinori vineyard or take an exclusive Dante-focused walking tour through his hometown of Florence. Or take a bike ride through the historic centre with our expert and you’ll realise there’s so much more to Florence than museums and monuments. Here are some suggestions for the most sensational experiences.
THE SPECTACULAR BOBOLI GARDENS
Commissioned by the Medici family in the mid sixteenth century, the magnificent Boboli Gardens are located right behind Palazzo Pitti and remain a spectacular oasis in Florence exuding bright colours in spring and soft scents throughout summer. Blooming flowers and plenty of shade provide a wonderful backdrop to leisurely picnics and afternoons spent enjoying the summer sun. One of the first examples of the Italian garden, this peaceful slice of heaven within the city is a magical space that everyone can enjoy and is thought to have inspired many royal gardens across Europe, particularly at Versailles.
EXQUISITE WINE PAIRING ON THE ANTINORI VINEYARD
With a history which can be traced back to 1385, the Antinori vineyard in the Chianti Classico region is a place where tradition and innovation coexist in perfect harmony. This extraordinary winery reveals the past, present and future of the Antinori family, affirming the ancient bond with their ancestral territory. Guests visiting the winery can choose from a curation of tailor-made experiences, including an exclusive private tour with a premium wine tasting or an atmospheric private dinner served in the wine cellar. For an extra special treat, luxuriate with a tasting menu and wine pairing at Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria di Passignano.
FOLLOWING IN DANTE’S FOOTSTEPS
It is 700 years since Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy and one of the most influential figures in both Italian and world literature died, and a multitude of events are being held in his honour throughout the country. For our guests, we have put together an exclusive walking tour through Dante’s home town of Florence highlighting the historic sights frequented by the ‘father of Italian poetry’. The tour begins at the writer’s former childhood home which has been converted into a museum dedicated to his life’s works, then meanders through Florence’s picturesque streets to explore the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Cerchi where he got married and the Palazzo Vecchio where a mask of Dante's face is on show.
A BIKE RIDE THROUGH THE RENAISSANCE
Perhaps one of the most exhilarating ways to discover the historic center of Florence, a world-renowned symbol of the renaissance steeped in UNESCO-protected sites and majestic monuments, is from the freedom of your own bicycle. Marrying incredible vistas with an exhilarating bike ride, allow our expert team to match your interests with riverside routes and history-themed journeys. Each of our itineraries can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities. Embrace the great outdoors and experience the simple joy of the breeze in your hair as you cycle past picturesque landmarks and postcard-perfect views.